The Frames of Mind mental health film series and annual film festival is an initiative of the UBC Department of Psychiatry whose goal is to use thought-provoking cinema in order to promote community and professional education of issues pertaining to mental health and illness. The series consists of monthly evening screenings of a feature film or documentary directly related to a particular mental health theme, which is then followed by a relevant presentation and moderated discussion.

Screenings are generally held at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street.

Winner 2003 Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.
Awarded by the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Council of Psychiatric Continuing Education
Winner of the Inaugural (2006) Innovation in CME/CPD Award
Awarded by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Sponsored by the UBC Institute of Mental Health and the UBC Department of Psychiatry in conjunction with The Cinematheque.

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Learning Objectives

To promote professional and community education of issues pertaining to mental health and illness, and in doing so acquaint the audience with award-winning, thought-provoking cinema.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credits for Physicians

If you predetermine that viewing one or more of these films will address a learning need, problem, issue or goal relevant to your practice, you may claim the learning time spent watching the film and participating in the discussion for 2 credits per hour under MOC Section 2: Personal Learning Project (PLP).

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About Us

Harry Karlinsky, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Harry Karlinsky obtained his MD from the University of Manitoba, his specialty degree in Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Toronto and his Masters in Neuroscience degree from the University of London, England. Currently he is a Clinical Professor within the Dept of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Karlinsky has a long involvement with various professional and public education initiatives.

Dr. Karlinsky is the founding and ongoing Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and Festival and writes a film column for the Canadian Psychiatric Association publication Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui. Honours include Baycrest Hospital’s Munk Geriatric Award; a Clinical Traineeship Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; a Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Technion University, Israel; the 2003 CPA/COPCE Award for outstanding Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity within Canada; the 2004 Lil Hewton Bursary Award to conduct archival research related to the history of psychiatry, and the inaugural UBC Faculty of Medicine Innovation in CME award. He has written and taught extensively on the clinical and educational applications of films in mental health.

Selina Crammond
Selina Star Crammond is a film programmer and cultural worker based in Vancouver B.C. on the unceded xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. She has been involved with the B.C. documentary film community for over 10 years, most notably through her role as Director of Programming at DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Currently, Selina is pursuing a graduate degree in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University with a focus on political theory and eco-cinema.

Caroline Coutts, B.A., Psyc
Programmer Emeritus

Huge thanks to Caroline Coutts. film curator, filmmaker and programmer for Frames of Mind for over 20 years: from its inception in September 2002 to September 2023.

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